Psychosocial Interventions and Therapeutic Support as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology

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Abstract

Research indicates that a subset of youths with childhood cancer and their parents will experience significant psychological distress throughout the course of their illness. Importantly, the existing literature indicates that psychosocial support is beneficial in decreasing symptoms of distress in these families. The aim of the current review is to determine the extent of the evidence to support a standard of psychosocial care for children and their families throughout the cancer trajectory; thus, we examined the research related to psychosocial outcomes in youth with cancer and their parents. Pediatr Blood Cancer © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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